The Flowers Tell All
By: Lori Kremen
Have you ever wanted to say something, but couldn’t find the words? Believe it or not, you may be able to use flowers as your messengers. In the Victorian era, before the magic of instant messenger and email, lovers and friends often used flowers to convey feelings and messages to one another. Think about it, instead of just saying empty words, you are giving a gift that makes the emotion you want to convey beautiful and simplistically pure.
Even if your message is not a pleasant one, it can still be beautifully arranged and very complex. Imagine being able to tell someone how much you hate them with a single flower. Alternatively, you could tell someone you just want to be friends or declare undying love. This is possible. Combining the plants and flowers also combines their messages. Unfortunately, a lot of these flowers and plants are not easily available. You might have to go to some lengths to find them. The other problem with sending messages through flowers is that the person receiving the message may not understand what you were trying to say. You might have to include a card with the translation.
What you want to say: “I’m sorry I’m such a jerk. Please forgive me”
How you say it: Humble Plant, Clotbur, Henbane, Bee Ophrys, and Hazel
What you want to say: “I just want to be friends, good luck with everything. I’ll never forget you.”
How you say it: Yellow Rose, Sweet Basil, and Pink Carnation
What you want to say: “You’re perfect.”
How you say it: Pine-apple
What you want to say: “I’m hopelessly devoted to you.”
How you say it: Yellow Tulip
What you want to say: “This means war.”
How you say it: Wild licorice, Milfoil, or York Rose
What you want to say: “I’m not going to change.”
How you say it: Bay leaf
What you want to say: “I really don’t like you.at all”
How you say it: Yellow Carnation
What you want to say: “It kills me to see you sad.”
How you say it: Currant
What you want to say: “I don’t trust you”
How you say it: Lavender
What you want to say: “I want to declare my love for you.”
How you say it: Red Tulip, White rose
What you want to say: “I’ll stay faithful, no matter how bad it gets.”
How you say it: Wall Flower
What you want to say: “I love you too”
How you say it: Jonquil (small Daffodil)
Preserving Prom Flowers
Prom is a special night. You will want to preserve as many memories for as long as possible. Your Corsage or Boutonnière is a special part of prom and can be preserved in a few different ways through a few methods. When you look back on your prom night, you can look at your preserved flowers and smile at the memories. Keep in mind that there are many other ways to preserve flowers, but these are the safest methods available. For additional flower drying methods, please visit your local florist or gardening expert.
Pressing your flowers involves flattening a flower to dry it. Once the flowers are dry, you can mount them in a decorative frame. You can purchase a professional flower pressing kit from any craft store which will give you directions, but pressing your prom flowers really only requires a thick book. You will have to take the flowers out of their original arrangement and may have to reduce peel a few pedals off of a thick flower. Odd shaped flowers, like the daisy will need to be cut in half. Put one flower in each page of the book. None of the flowers can touch each other. If you are using a pressing kit, separate the flowers with newspaper. Once each flower is placed in the book, bind the book tightly with either rubber bands or string. If you purchased a pressing kit, you will probably have to tighten the bolts. Pressing flowers can take anywhere from one to three weeks to complete.
Air drying your prom flowers will preserve your flowers shapes, but the colors of your flowers will fade. Drying your flowers with this method involves hanging your flowers upside down from the ceiling in a dry, low-lit area for about two weeks. Use an elastic band to hold the flowers; do not tie with string. The flower stems will shrink as they dry and may fall out of a string knot. You will not have to take the flowers out of their arrangement, so long as you are sure the flowers will not fall. Ideally you should dry your flowers the day after the prom. Drying flowers should take about two weeks. The flowers should have lost all flexibility and moisture once dry. Once the flowers are dry, you can place them in a box or on a mantle for display.
Drying flowers in a microwave is possible and takes minutes instead of weeks to complete. However you must remove all metal, wire and flammable material from your arrangement. This method is purely trial and error and you should not microwave the flowers for more than seconds at a time. The bigger the flower and the larger the arrangement, the more time it will take. The flowers will need to be rotated about every fifteen seconds when you microwave dry them. If you wish to preserve the color of your flowers, you may want to consider using a chemical preservation method like silica gel in addition to the microwave drying.